I wrote – a while ago – a review/how-to article about how Prosoft Data Rescue PC 3 could save your day and bring back lost data from harddrives that for some reason fails. I tested it in different scenarios and concluded that it could save the data if it was not deleted/erased on purpose with a safe erase utility. But now I got the chance to use Data Rescue PC3 in real life – would it get someones valuable computer files back?
Prosoft Data Rescue PC 3 found one deleted file *illustration*
About a month ago I had a visitor coming over with an old IDE harddrive that earlier was located in his PVR. He was not looking to get back his recordings from TV, but he had transfered some home family videos on to this PVR that was now lost. He had erased the videos from his camera and the PVR was for some unknown reason dead. I thought that – it couldn’t be that bad, and that probably the files was stored on the HD ready for me to copy out on a external usb harddrive. This was however not the case. The harddrive was completely empty. It didn’t even contain a partition.
Studies show that 50% of all users have approximately 66 programs installed on their PCs, even though they only use a fraction of them regularly. What many don’t know, however, is that programs continue to run in the background whether they are used or not, slowing your computer down considerably for no good reason.
The new Full Automatic Mode in TuneUp Program Deactivator™ eliminates these unnecessary slowdowns and makes sure your PC always operates at its peak performance. But relevant programs such as antivirus software or drivers will not be deactivated.
Start-Stop Mode automatically turns off selected programs when you don’t need them, speeding up your surfing, working, and gaming [NEW!]
Optimized PC / Windows® performance
Faster boot speeds, applications and gaming
It’s the only way to get your PC running like it did the day you bought it.
Well I thought I would put this software to the test. I ran a memory check on my system not running Program Deactivator – noted how much RAM my Windows 7 computer were using in “idle” mode. Then I configured TuneUp’s Program Deactivator Mode – disabling all the software I don’t want to be running in the background, rebooted the system and did another RAM check.
Could I free up some RAM on my system – the answer is here in the video :
1560 MB to 1100 MB – Wow!
For those of you who want the answer without watching the video, I went down from using 1560 MB RAM not using Program Deactivator, to only using 1100 MB using TuneUp Utilities 2012 Program Deactivator. These are actual figures from my system! Using my computer with TuneUp installed is great! It is running smooth, it enables the software you disabled in Program Deactivator if you want to use them (and disables them again after being used), you have great functionality in “Economy Mode” and “Turbo mode” (described in Part 1), and you get a one-button click fixup/cleanup as I wrote about in my 2011 version review.
I have no problems giving this piece of software a full score. If you would like to test TuneUp Utilities 2012 yourself, you can download a free trial here , and if you like it, TuneUp has a Limited-time offer now, selling the full version for only $ 34.95 – That is a great price!
One year ago I reviewed TuneUp Utilities 2011 and thought I summed the features up nicely when I said that it optimized the computer, and kept it fast and stable at the same time. A few weeks ago I was contacted by TuneUp who wanted to do a web-demo with me, to show me the new features, and giving me a chance to ask some questions about the new version of TuneUp. Of course I wouldn’t pass a chance like this and signed up! I was really pleased to see that I was signed up for a meeting with the press contact and co-founder of TuneUp Tibor Schiemann (in addition to contact and co-founder – a really nice guy!)
Tibor fired up his TuneUp Utilities 2012 and showed off some very nice and new features. New in 2012 is the TuneUp Economy Mode which improves battery life by up to 30% on mobile computers, the TuneUp Program Deactivator has been revamped and workes better than ever (fully automated) and the software in general seems to blend with Windows ever better than before.
As a Directory Opus user from the 90′s with Directory Opus (Dopus) for my Commodore Amiga 1200 (those were the days), I was very happy when I received the latest version of this “Windows Explorer replacement”. I have never been a big Explorer fan and have always been using some kind of replacement – Starting with Norton Commander which we ran as a Dos in Windows application, then went over to Windows Commander – which I’m still using today (although the name has changed to Total Commander). If Dopus could give me the extra juice – which I feel is missing in Explorer – I could give Explorer (Dopus) a chance!
I was also lucky enough to get an interview with the creators of Directory Opus about a year ago. You can take a look at the article -here-.
The first version of what was to become Directory Opus – released back in 1988.
Since most of the Windows users out there is using Windows Explorer, I will show you the difference between a standard Explorer, and the Directory Opus. I will also write about the features of Dopus. I don’t know if Dopus still is “allowed” to use, but I will shorten it in this article since I used Dopus before – not Directory Opus
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